May 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team is in sixth place with 24 points at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships through seven events. Host Wisconsin leads with 52 points at the conclusion of day two.
Six points were picked up Saturday by Maggie Mullen in the javelin with her 45.93m (150-8) mark for third. Also scoring for the Buckeyes was Kelcey McKinney (5.92m/19-5.25) who finished in fifth in her final long jump at a Big Ten championship. In the same event, Adenike Pedro (5.79m/19 ft.) placed eighth to collect a point.
Shaniqua McGinnis crossed the line in 53.56 to win her heat in the 400m trials. Running a time of 53.94 was Nyjah Cousar who finished seventh. On Sunday, Cousar and McGinnis will both compete for the title.
The sprinting trio of Christina Manning (23.27), Madison McNary (23.77) and Aisha Cavin (23.84) will take the track for the 200m finals Sunday. Ohio State will be looking to collect big points as McNary won her heat and is the defending champion. Manning will enter the finals with the second-fastest preliminary time. Manning (11.43) and McNary (11.68) both won their preliminary heats in the 100m dash. The seniors will be joined in the finals by Christienne Linton (11.60) and Chesna Sykes (11.79). Linton's time was the second-fastest time of the evening.
Sunday's 100m hurdle finals will feature two Buckeyes as both Manning (13.04) and Alexandria Johnson (13.69) qualified for the final. Manning is the defending champion and holds the top preliminary time. Breaking the facility record in the 400m hurdle prelims was Cousar with a time of 58.06.
Ohio State’s 4x100m relay team will also compete again in the finals after they placed first during the prelims. The Buckeyes are the defending champions in the race and are looking to win the title again this year.
Here's a recap of the rest of the action from day two of the 2012 Big Ten Championships:
Also representing the Scarlet and Gray in the 400 was Janel Olberding (57.98).
Katie Betts finished in 2:12.45 as the lone Buckeye in the race.
Jordan Jennewine placed tenth in the prelims in 4:26.75. Jennewine will race in the finals tomorrow.
In the steeplechase, Tori Brink (10:32.29) and Nicole Hilton (10:33.45) took 12th and 13th, respectively. Freshman Michelle Thomas placed 20th in 10:49.54.
Norianna Brown (14.65m/48-0.75) placed 15th and Alexandra Troester (12.16/39-10.75) finished 19th.
The final day of action begins for the Buckeyes with the triple jump at noon ET Sunday.
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